Tippmann Model 98 Custom, 6" Drop Forward, Sight Rail, 3x-9x Rifle Scope, 16" Armson Stealth
I use Diablo Infernos. You can buy them in 2000 count boxes for $55.
This is an extremely accurate barrel. I've done fairly extensive accuracy testing. At 20 yards, I hit a 3" diameter circle 10 out of 10 times. At 30 yards, I hit 10 out of 10 in a 4" diameter circle. At 40 yards, I hit 10 out of 10 in a 6" diameter circle, with mostly vertical variation. I ripped off 20 rounds from 25 yards, at about 8 rounds a second with just a standard trigger, and they all hit in a 8" or smaller diameter circle, even with a slight (15mph) crosswind. In game testing showed similarly effective results. I play primarily woods and scenario games, and prior to getting my drop forward found the 16" to be a bit long for snap shooting, but since the addition of my drop forward I have no problem with it. In one woods game, I had a guy spraying paint at the tree I was behind from about 40 yards. He emptied quite a bit of paint at me, but didn't have enough accuracy to tag me. I popped out and pegged him in the head in 3 shots. Mind you that he was getting a 3 foot wide spray area at this range, while I, with the armson, popped out and hit him square in the mask in a 3 shot burst. Also, I shot a guy in the neck through a 4" wide gap in a pile of brush from 45 yards in a single shot. I've also taken on 2 people with relatively low-end guns (stock '98s, sheridans) and out shot both at once, just from sheer accuracy. Overall, the armson puts out great accuracy, and it softens the sound quite a bit.
The 16" model may be too long for some people, especially if you're into speed ball. However, with my drop forward I have no problem snap shooting. Also, it is slightly heavier than the All American, though I don't even notice the difference unless I really pay close attention. Some have said that it is useless if you get a ball break, though I haven't seen anything to support this. I've broken a few, but the barrel cleans itself fairly well with just one shot. Some paint gets in the porting, but there is no significant performance drop, and you can pour a little water over it to clean it out right away.
An excellent barrel. Extremely accurate. More accurate than the Flat-Line, Dye Stainless and All American. Also, fairly cheap.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, January 29th, 2005 at 2:03 am PST
You need good paint with a 16" barrell, otherwise they'll bust from so much velocity. I'd go with Nelson Anarchy or some of the JT Elite Premium.
-MUCH better range than stock barrells.
-MUCH better accuracy.
-Quietest barrell I've ever heard.
-Are made for pretty much *all* types of guns & threading.
-Comes in only one color.
Very good barrell. I use one on my 98 Custom, which inspired my friend to buy one for his Black Dragon LCD. The rifling, contrary to popular belief, *does* work. It doesn't give you more range, as one might think, but it does increase your accuracy quite a bit. I'm giving this a 9 because costs about $70 bucks, more/less.
balls make this crazy shoosh noise when the go by your head
none that i could see
This barrel is nuts, the balls travel so straight. great for snipers
i played against a friend with this barrel and i have to say, the noise the balls make when they fly by you is intimidating. I finally convinced him to let me give it a try, and the accuracy is great. He had it on a C98 and the barrel quiets the gun down nicley.
i want one really bad now
Extremely long range,very accurate,rifled,silent,hurts.
Playing against it is the only weakness.
The greatest barrel the best ive ever used and probably will ever use.Shoots up to 180-200 feet accurately.Great barrel nothing can compare.The rifled inside just launches the ball with incredible accuracy and range.Never broke a ball.Out of 12,000 paintballs zero broke.Hits hard shoots hard it hurts with this thing screwed in your gun.Overall i think it is the best
To sum it all up with one word is perfect.I cant think of any other way to describe it.It was every thing i expected of it even more way better than the boom stick or the excell even better than the flatline.The best i would highly recomend the best.
-This barrel looks pretty cool
-It makes your gun a tad quiter
-breaks too many balls
-must squeedgie if theres a break
I was fairly dissapointed when I got my armson stealth 16inch rifled barrel. Sure it was very accurate when it shot out the paintball. key: when it shot out the paintball!!!
i had so many breaks in the barrel its unbelievable. I tried turning my velocity down but that didnt work. Turning it up just made more of a mess.
I would go and play and within about 50 shots i can GUARANTEE it would break a ball. so then i would end up switching back to my stock barrel! then i have to ask myself...why did i even buy this barrel in the first place.
It did however shoot very very straight when i could manage to get a ball or 2 out.
and dont efven try to go rapid fire with this thing.
I would recommend something else. If you want an accurate barrel....then just try any of the other hundreds that are out there. Armson tried with the rifling but this is a paintball not a rifle bullet.
I use Diablo Midnights,
They may be a little large, but their thich shells dont easily break.
Very accurate, can outshoot my friend's Empire Twister barrel.
If there's paint in the barrel it screws up the trajectory.
I love the rifling, it makes it shoot a tighter group more consistently.
I tested it against the stock Tippman 98 barrel and the Stealth shot a 2 in. group at 20 yds while the stock barrel shot a 5 in vertical line at 20 yds. (out of 5 shots)
The only weakness that I could find was that if there is any paint in the barrel, the balls will start curving really bad.
I found this out one game, then realized i had been shot in the barrel and that there was some paint in the last inch of the barrel. I grabbed a squeegie and cleaned it out and it shot just like it was new again.
Great barrel, If I had the choice to do it over again, i would have boughten the 13" instead. For me the 16" is just too long, but at 13" it is perfect.
I give it a 9 only because of what happened to the ball's trajectory when there was paint in the bore.
Spyder Shutter, 12 oz. Co2 cylinder, sight feeder, adco sure shot scope, and a 13" Armson stealth barrel.
highly accurate, doesn't make the bell curve shot like normal barrels, goes strait (rifling)
Ball breakage until rifling grooves are worn in, once ball breaks screwed unless squeegee
Very good barrel for the money, and knowing that most guns bought have crap stock barrels, you are probably gonna want a new better quality after market barrel. This would be that barrel, it is extremely accurate with its rifling and is a barrel that fires a paintball that doesn't curve (finally) and has high range adn accuracy. You can easily compare this barrel to a tippman flatline barrel because of its quality and accuracy. Also once you bring this barrel through its break in period and the rifling grooves are worn in enough to shoot a ball without breaking it whatsoever, before this happens you will break balls for about a game and without a squeegee you are screwed. This is all I can think about this excellent barrel right now, bedee, bedee, thats all folks.
I recommend this barrel to any paintballer but a tippman user, for tippmanns get the flatline.
-Nice accuracy and range (espically with small bore paint). You'll be a killer on the speedball field.
-Looks cool. (People see it on your gun and say "WHAT THE HELL IS THAT!?!?")
-Light weight (won't make a small gun topheavy.)
-Can take a fairly good beating without bending or warping like some aluminium barrels do.
-VERY quiet espically with the right gun and bolt. They won't know what hit em!
-The price. Shop around and you'll probably be able to pick one up for $60 at the least. I got mine on Ebay for $55.
-Hates crappy paint. If you use bad paint a lot then this barrel isn't for you. Hellfire works EXTREMELY well with it (when I've got the money for Hellfire) but normally I use PMI. PMI balls seem to work rather good with this barrel, though. Haven had a ball break yet out of 200 rounds of PMI.
-Dear God is this thing can be tricky to clean! Once you get used to cleaning it in game its not a problem. You just have to learn how to since you have to go about cleaning it a little differently than most barrels.
-I don't know whats up with this, but sometimes the barrel becomes a little loose after long play. Not really a problem though. Just check your marker before each game (like you should be doing anyway!)
If you can get one for cheap, go for it. $90 is a little high for one, though. If you can, try to get the 14" rather than the 16". Longer doesn't necessairly mean better.
Overall its a great barrel. I've heard a lot of people complain about these barrels not working well with Spyders. Guess what? I've got a Compact 2000 and a Spyder 2000 and it works well on both of them. I even put it on my friend's Shutter (which I think sucks as a marker) with the same results. Perhaps its the crappy Spyder stock bolts breaking the balls and not the barrel itself.
Overall, this is one of the best barrels you can buy for sneaking arond in brush and picking off people. DYE's are nice but too loud for this sort of play (not to mention a lot more expensive). I don't know how it shoots in cold weather as compared to a J&J ceramic although at normal temps it shoots about the same but quieter.